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Quality Assurance News

Russia has growing appetite for South African wines

15th November 2019 South Africa should take advantage of the growing appetite for South African wines in Russia and strengthen their marketing efforts to create more awareness and increase market penetration, says wine company La Ric Mal Wines marketing manager Malcom Green. The Stellenbosch-based winemaker is one... 

Rising high with rope access to replace windows

By: Darren Parker     15th November 2019 Work at height company Skyriders completed the replacement of 15 large window panes in September at the Hilton Garden Inn, in Zambia. The Hilton Garden Inn is part of luxury hotel group Hilton’s recently refurbished 20-storey mixed-use development Society Business Park, in Lusaka. 

Rising high with rope  access to replace windows
SEAL THE DEAL Finalising waterproofing on the hotel was challenging because there were no straight vertical or horizontal surfaces.

Distributorship secured for international bearing housing brand

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     8th November 2019 As part of its efforts to secure distributorships with international brands to boost its product portfolio, bearings supplier and distributor Bearings International (BI) expects the first stock from India-based bearing housing manufacturer Masta Group to arrive by the end of this year. BI signed... 

DMT to launch global certification scheme for raw materials

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th October 2019 German engineering and consulting firm DMT Group on Wednesday announced that Cera, the first global certification scheme to guarantee a consistent standard of environmental, social and economic impact throughout the entire raw materials value chain, would be launched next year. Formal CERA... 

Company takes further steps in women’s safety

25th October 2019 The Sisi Cate and Nicole safety footwear, that customers have come to trust for its quality, durability and comfort, will now be available in a steel midsole variant, says local manufacturer Sisi Safety Wear senior brand manager Vanessa Ronald. The company is also unveiling Yvonne – Sisi Safety... 

Company takes further steps in women’s safety
NEW EDITION The company is unveiling Yvonne, Sisi safety wear’s first split-leather chukka boot, an economical solution targeted at contract workers and those on a budget

Women-specific PPE on the rise

25th October 2019 South Africa is seeing an increase in female workers in industrial environments as traditional gender specific roles are being broken down.  From a personal protective equipment (PPE) perspective, women are still pigeon-holed with the expectation that they should wear either male or unisex PPE,... 

Women-specific  PPE on the rise
CHANGING MINDSETS Owing to more and more women entering into areas once deemed the preserve of men, there needs to be a shift in the way that PPE is procured for the workforce

Correct use of consumables makes a good weld

By: Halima Frost     25th October 2019 Branded welding supplier Unique Welding has significantly upgraded its range of stainless steel consumables to improve weld performance to combat a market flooded with low-quality imported stainless steel welding consumables, Unique Welding CEO Nazmi Adams tells Engineering News. In addition,... 

Correct use of consumables makes  a good weld
IMPORTANT ROLE The welding of stainless steel can be successfully achieved if the welder adheres to the industry rules and standards

Barcodes add value to Industry 4.0

By: Mamaili Mamaila     18th October 2019 There is an opportunity, through Industry 4.0, to make the data derived from barcodes more useful across industrial value chains, says industrial automation provider Omron South Africa product manager Khotso Majoe. 

Barcodes add value  to Industry 4.0
KHOTSO MAJOE Omron partners with clients to offer holistic solutions where production processes are integrated in one house

Packaging solution proves successful

18th October 2019 Since polymer supplier Vesconite Bearings introduced a minimum of two layers of corrugated cardboard packaging around each of its dispatched polymer bushings and rods, the company has had no returns from breakages owing to transportation. 

Packaging solution proves successful
HIGHER STANDARDS Vesconite Bearings instituted a new packaging standard after a complaint by a customer led the company to investigate its packaging policies

New digital industrial supply chain platform launched

By: Schalk Burger     11th October 2019 Multinational industrial equipment manufacturer Siemens has launched its MindSphere industrial supply chain platform, which provides ways of securely sharing information for companies and enable experts to offer their services directly to companies, says Siemens digital industry senior VP Ralf... 

Extrusion press concept for aluminium sector developed

By: Halima Frost     27th September 2019 As a global service partner for clients, metallurgical industry plant and integrated systems provider, SMS group has developed a concept for extrusion presses offering significant flexibility and efficiency for the steel and aluminium industries. “SMS group service technicians are specifically... 

Extrusion press concept for aluminium sector developed
KEEP ROLLING ROLLING ROLLING A cold rolling production line supplied to an international client by SMS group

Demand growth continues to outweigh production growth

27th September 2019 Last month, macroeconomic researcher Fitch Solutions – a unit of the Fitch Group –reported that the global aluminum market will see a number of deficits over the coming years as solid demand growth, driven by the construction and autos sectors, outpaces production growth. Notably, the global... 

Demand growth continues to outweigh production growth
BUILDING SPEED The construction and automotive sectors have seen solid demand growth which has outpaced production growth

Company inspires with a certifiably powerful team of women

13th September 2019 Testing, verification and certification multinational company Bureau Veritas Southern Africa continues to spark interest in the Southern Africa professional working environment. The company – renowned for services and innovative solutions to ensure client products, infrastructure and processes... 

Company inspires with  a certifiably powerful team of women
SAL GOVENDER Increasing the number of women in female leadership roles has been high on the Bureau Veritas agenda globally and in Southern Africa

CSIR setting up a reference smart factory to stimulate local manufacturing

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th September 2019 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is going to set up a National Reference Smart Factory on its main campus in Pretoria/Tshwane. This will play a key part in achieving a major CSIR objective – the revitalisation and modernisation of the South African manufacturing industry.... 

City of Cape Town department awarded SABS certification

13th September 2019 The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) has awarded the City of Cape Town’s Electricity Generation and Distribution department an Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (OHSAS) 18001 certificate. The department is part of the City of Cape Town’s energy and climate change division.... 

Electronic certificates offering expanded

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     13th September 2019 Testing, verification and certification multinational company Bureau Veritas has introduced electronic inspection certificates to its transport and logistics division, following the introduction of such certificates to the aerospace industry. In South Africa, Bureau Veritas uses the electronic... 

Company receives approval for lifting equipment testing

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     13th September 2019 Mechanical engineering company Brimis Engineering has received approval from the Department of Labour (DoL) to perform statutory load testing and certification on various lifting equipment. “As an approved lifting machinery entity, we examine, test and provide certificates of compliance according... 

Imported products prompt increase in local testing services

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     13th September 2019 The influx of imported products has prompted companies to test such products to ensure that they conform to minimum requirements, says ceramics testing laboratory Cermalab MD Pieter du Toit. “Economic pressures have resulted in companies importing cheaper products, which present a challenge to... 

Imported products prompt increase in local testing services
APPROVED Companies have become more aware of accreditation and many have insisted on the testing of products being done by an accredited testing laboratory

SABS to host 42nd ISO general assembly at ISO week

13th September 2019 The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) is one of the founding members of International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and will be hosting the yearly ISO week and the 42nd ISO general assembly from September 16 to 20, at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. International... 

Seven ISO certifications granted to company

13th September 2019 Quality assurance provider Intertek announced that it has granted seven International Standardisation Organization (ISO) certifications to facilities management solutions provider in the Middle East Allied Maintenance Company (AMC). AMC acquired certification for the implementation of Quality,... 

Wearable inspection tools beneficial for more efficient hands-free work

13th September 2019 Ranging from smart glasses to wearable sensors, one of the emerging areas of interest is inspection and maintenance related applications, says Canada-based software company Librestream. The company adds that, whether it is scheduled inspection of an asset, repair of a breakdown, or an important... 

IMO regulation a hurdle for local oil refineries

By: Mamaili Mamaila     6th September 2019 The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) 2020 regulation has prescribed for a large reduction in the maximum sulphur content of bunker fuels which presents a challenge for South African oil refineries. 

IMO regulation a hurdle for local oil refineries
ENVIRONMENTAL COMPLIANCE Oil refineries have to comply with the minimum emission standards as stipulated in the national Air Quality Act

Built-in security offers control system integrity

6th September 2019 Industrial automation and information technology provider Rockwell Automation has launched its enhanced ControlLogix EtherNet – Internet protocol (IP) communication module and the ControlLogix 5580 controller, both supplied under the brand name of Allen-Bradley. Rockwell Automation product... 

Built-in security offers control system integrity
SAFE AND SOUND The Ethernet communication module and corresponding controller offer safer solutions to industrial control systems

Differential pressure transmitter available in South Africa

6th September 2019 Industrial equipment supplier Vepac Electronics offers measuring technology manufacturer halstrup-walcher PS17 differential pressure transmitters to the South African Market. PS17 differential pressure transmitters are used for regulating heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems and for... 

Differential pressure transmitter available in South Africa
UNDER PRESSURE The differential pressure transmitter can be used in various industries and applications

Drive configuration allows for optimal speed control

6th September 2019 Engineering components supplier Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) Nord drive systems encompass optimum drive configurations to ensure ideal performance of mechanical speed control for specific applications, in almost every industry. Nord drive systems are designed by German precision engineers... 

Drive configuration allows for optimal speed control
SPEEDO CRUISE The Nord drive system effectively controls the speed of the motor to achieve optimum performance

V-Drives complement pump control

6th September 2019 Industrial equipment supplier Dulpeix Liquid Meters (DLM) offers the advanced motor control (AMC) and efficient pump control (EPC) V-Drives, which are available in ingress protection (IP) or dust rating IP20, IP55 and IP66 enclosures. Notably, the V-Drives are the latest generation of permanent... 

V-Drives complement pump control
STICK IT The Optistick complements the V-Drives through enhanced communication ability

New vaporising regulator increases accuracy and reliability

6th September 2019 Automation and control solutions provider Emerson Electric has introduced the first vaporising pressure reducing regulator for gas chromatograph analysers. The new TESCOM44-6800 Series Vaporising Regulator offers the option to separate the regulator body from the electronic enclosure, without... 

New vaporising regulator increases accuracy and reliability
CONTROL FREAK The series of controllers ensure optimal performance and safety in locations rated as hazardous

Company becomes first validation facility in South Africa

6th September 2019 Welding and construction equipment-related supplier Renttech South Africa has become the first local validation facility which is able to provide a service to industry validating welding equipment according to ISO 17662 standards. Renttech is a company within the Bidvest Group’s Commercial... 

Company launches management solution

6th September 2019 Petroleum products and solutions provider Masana Petroleum Solutions has extended its long-standing strategic partnership with oil industry company BP Southern Africa (BPSA) – which jointly runs the Sapref refinery located in KwaZulu-Natal – to deliver an innovative fleet management solution, BP... 

Policy implementation a key challenge

By: Darren Parker     30th August 2019 Legislative body Council for the Built Environment (CBE) will host its third Transformation Indaba, themed Breaking the Barriers, to address the lacklustre implementation of transformation policies within the built environment professions. The event will be held on October 9 and 10, at Diep in... 

Policy implementation a key challenge
PRISCILLA MDLALOSE Men and women are equally capable but different

All Gauteng state hospitals and clinics fail safety audit 

By: News24Wire      29th August 2019 Not a single state health facility in Gauteng has been assessed as complying with the Occupational Health and Safety Act, according to a statement Democratic Alliance Gauteng health spokesperson Jack Bloom issued on Thursday.  "This bombshell information is revealed by Gauteng Health MEC Bandile... 

All Gauteng state hospitals and clinics fail safety audit

Fire detection system donated to care facility

23rd August 2019 Multinational power management company Eaton Africa’s sponsorship of a vital fire safety system has assisted care facility Alta du Toit Centre in Bellville, Cape Town, with revamping its outdated and faulty fire alarm system. After an inspection was done by the local fire department, it was found... 

Fire detection system donated to care facility
OPEN DOORS Representatives from Eaton and Procom Fire attended a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Alta du Toit Centre

Flame-detection system set for SA launch

By: Halima Frost     23rd August 2019 Industrial solutions provider HMA South Africa, part of the larger HMA Group, is set to launch the Det-Tronics optical flame detection and releasing system, designed for the demands of ultrahigh-speed applications, by the end of this month. The launch is subsequent to HMA Group being awarded the... 

Flame-detection system set for SA launch
BOOM BOOM The new optical flame section and releasing system mitigates explosive situations in the explosives manufacturing industry

Supplier completes two projects on the Foreshore

23rd August 2019 One of the most significant challenges faced at construction sites in the foreshore area of Cape Town is ensuring that the projects are protected from fire hazards and comply with local and international fire regulations, says fire protection equipment supplier DoseTech MD Michael Feldon. He... 

Benefits of quality-specified concrete being recognised

By: Cameron Mackay     23rd August 2019 Years of effort by the South African Readymix Association (Sarma) to spread awareness about the importance of quality-specified concrete are finally bearing fruit, as it is starting to reach local-government level, says Sarma director Johan van Wyk. Collaborating with parastatals, such as... 

Benefits of quality-specified concrete being recognised
QUALITY CONCRETE DEMANDS State companies and parastatals have started to specify quality concrete, subsequently creating opportunities for readymix companies to become involved in infrastructure projects

Sarma accreditation mitigates lack of concrete laws

By: Cameron Mackay     23rd August 2019 Accreditation as a South African Readymix Association (Sarma) member can mitigate many of the challenges associated with the lack of laws and specification governing the production of quality concrete, says Sarma director Johan van Wyk. “It’s significant to get accreditation because there is no... 

Sarma accreditation mitigates lack of concrete laws
FULLY COMPLIANT Sarma members are supported through technical advice, partnerships with institutions and member companies, lower premiums on insurance policies and accreditation

CBD buildings undergo fire assessment and upgrade

By: Halima Frost     23rd August 2019 Fire risk management company ASP Fire has finalised the fire system due diligence checks on seven buildings for a reputed investor who intends to buy the properties to repurpose as offices. Six of the buildings are located in the Johannesburg central business district (CBD) and one in the... 

CBD buildings undergo fire assessment and upgrade
INDUSTRIAL INDUSTRIOUSNESS Careful due diligence assessments are made when looking at inner city fire hazards
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